JetBlue Passenger Charged After Assaulting Crew, Throwing Food and Breaking Out of Handcuffs on Flight
A JetBlue passenger has been charged with interfering with flight crew after the plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to her drunken behavior in July.
Robin Ducore is accused of inappropriately touching a male passenger and physically attacking a flight attendant after drinking four glasses of wine on a flight from the Dominican Republic to New York City on July 29, 2017.
Crew members decided to make an emergency landing at Washington Dulles International Airport, according to a criminal complaint.
A flight attendant who said he served Ducore told the FBI that she drank four glasses of wine in less than two hours and "grew increasingly loud and began to curse." The FBI alleges that Ducore touched the back of a male passenger's head "in a flirtatious manner" and that the flight attendant moved the man to another seat after repeatedly telling her to stop touching him.
According to the complaint, which was obtained by Travel + Leisure,Ducore's behavior worsened from there: She threw food and water offered to her by flight crew across the plane, used profane language, and kicked the flight attendant in the leg.
Ducore was placed in flex cuffs but broke out of them, so the flight crew decided to divert the plane out of concern for what she "might do next."
It turns out, they did not need to worry too much – Ducore passed out in the last 20 minutes of the flight, the complaint says. Because the flight was already diverted, though, it landed in Dulles anyway.
Ducore's attorney Nina Ginsberg defended her client, telling T+L that her client was drunk before she got on the plane. "The airline let her board the flight when she was visibly intoxicated and they served her," she said.
To highlight her point, Ginsberg added that the person who drove Ducore to the airport waited for two hours, "so concerned that she wouldn't be allowed on the flight."